U.S. Citizens have put their heads into the sand on this issue. The President and the Federal government as a whole hold tremendous power over life and death when it comes to drones. The policy in the Obama White House seems to be “trust, but don’t worry about verifying.”
Consider this summary of the approach taken by our leaders to kill campaign targets at the expense of others who are in no way a danger to anyone:
“Taken together, the secret documents lead to the conclusion that Washington’s 14-year high-value targeting campaign suffers from an overreliance on signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and — due to a preference for assassination rather than capture — an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. They also highlight the futility of the war in Afghanistan by showing how the U.S. has poured vast resources into killing local insurgents, in the process exacerbating the very threat the U.S. is seeking to confront.”
It is time for the American people to become educated about the use of drones by the administration, and consider how we can put a stop to this unchecked practice.